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Video-image control apparatus and method with image generating mechanism, and storage medium containing the video-image control program
7355633 Video-image control apparatus and method with image generating mechanism, and storage medium containing the video-image control program
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Inventor: Kurosawa, et al.
Date Issued: April 8, 2008
Application: 10/679,322
Filed: October 7, 2003
Inventors: Kurosawa; Takahiro (Kunitachi, JP)
Tanaka; Kenichiro (Kawasaki, JP)
Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP)
Primary Examiner: Villecco; John M.
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Morgan & Finnegan, LLP
U.S. Class: 348/211.8; 348/143; 348/211.3; 348/218.1; 725/105
Field Of Search: 348/143; 348/14.04; 348/239; 348/159; 348/157; 348/211.8; 348/333.01; 348/14.02; 348/14.05; 348/14.07; 348/14.08; 348/211.3; 348/211.12; 348/211.11; 348/218.1; 715/512; 725/105
International Class: H04N 5/232; H04N 5/225; H04N 7/173
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: 04-308895; A 06-059646; 06165186; 07046581; 07212748; A H08-152913; A H09-037237
Other References: http://www.usc.edu/dept/raiders/paper/, Goldberg et al., "Beyond the Web: Excavating the Real World Via Mosaic", Oct. 17-21, 1994. cited byother.
Japanese Office Action to JP H09-267274, mailed May 28, 2007. cited by other.









Abstract: A video-image control apparatus enables a client to obtain the details of an object in a displayed video image. For this purpose, when the angle of a camera 1003 is changed in accordance with an instruction from an external device, it is determined whether or not the object (e.g., a copier) is within an image sensing view. If it is determined that the object is within the image sensing view, the current status of the object is obtained by request. Then, an image of a character string indicative of the status information is generated, and combined with the video image. The combined image is transferred via a communication interface unit to the external device.
Claim: What is claimed is:

1. An image processing apparatus comprising: reception means for receiving a video image obtained by a predetermined image sensing means; generating means for generating anadditional image to be combined and displayed with an image of an object in the video image received by said reception means; control means for controlling generation of the additional image by said generating means, in accordance with image sensingcondition of the video image received by said reception means; and transmission means for transmitting first internet page data including the object image and the additional image to a client, wherein the additional image is a link image which enablesthe client to start reception of second internet page data about the object from another network terminal which can provide information related to the object.

2. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image sensing condition includes an image sensing angle.

3. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image sensing condition includes a zoom ratio.

4. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the additional image is an annotation on each object in the video image.

5. An image processing method comprising: a reception step of receiving a video image obtained by a predetermined image sensing means; a generating step of generating an additional image to be combined and displayed with an image of an objectin the video image received at said reception step; a control step of controlling generation of the additional image at said generating step, in accordance with image sensing condition of the video image received at said reception step; and atransmission step of transmitting first internet page data including the object image and the additional image to a client, wherein the additional image is a link image which enables the client to start reception of second internet page data about theobject from another network terminal which can provide information related to the object.

6. A computer readable storage medium containing a computer-readable control program comprising: reception process program codes of receiving a video image obtained by a predetermined image sensing means; generating process program codes ofgenerating an additional image to be combined and displayed with an image of an object in the video image received at said reception process; control process program codes of controlling generation of the additional image at said generating process, inaccordance with image sensing condition of the video image received at said reception process; and transmission process program codes of transmitting first internet page data including the object image and the additional image to a client, wherein theadditional image is a link image which enables the client to start reception of second internet page data about the object from another network terminal which can provide information related to the object.
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